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Friedrich Kunath

Home wasn’t Built in a Day

As the title of this exhibition catalog suggests, German artist Friedrich Kunath specializes in the sly, humorous tweaking of commonplace sentiments and ideas, uncovering an entirely new level of meaning beneath. Whether he’s creating drawings, texts, objects, photographs or videos, Kunath deals with themes like longing, loneliness and wanderlust. He combines personal life experiences with highbrow art-historical references into ironic installations that lead the viewer to evocative, metaphorical realizations – and frequently some rueful laughter. Whether it’s photos of a disappointed snowman on a beach vacation or a guy in bed reading a book titled “How to Get Up and Get Dressed,” this artist has much to say about contemporary life. The full-color catalog, shows works and installations from his recent Kunstverein Hannover show.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
July 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 90 pp / 24 b&w and 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-92-4 · Retail Price: $29.95

AGNIESZKA KURANT

Unknown Unknown

“Do we actually want the future to be totally unlike the present, or only a little bit different?” Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant’s works raise this question and more. Some of her work invokes a world of small tricks, magic sticks, cloud busters, barking birds and exits as entrances. Other pieces examine the big picture of the future, such as global politics in the year 2020 as presented by the authoritative voice of the New York Times. Kurant meticulously prepared a future-themed issue for the paper with the help of a professional clairvoyant and several journalists. Her big-picture works speak less about the small differences of the near future than the potential for absolute difference – events after which the world might never be the same again. Includes texts by Raimundas Malasauskas, Jean-Charles Massera, Jan Verwoert and an interview by Neville Wakefield with the artist.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2009 / Softcover / 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-57-3 · Retail Price: $28.00

GABRIEL KURI

Join the Dots and Make a Point

Based in Mexico City and Brussels, sculptor and installation artist Gabriel Kuri uses simple mass-produced objects and throwaway products from cigarette butts to sand, to explore and criticize political, economic and social conditions. This monograph-exhibition catalog beautifully reproduces each work and, equally important, the precise and deliberate positioning and surprising casualness that always characterize the presentation of his objects in an exhibition. A contributor to numerous international group exhibitions, such as the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), “Brave New Worlds” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007), and “Unmonumental” at the New Museum, New York (2007), Kuri is an emerging artist who shifts the boundaries between art and the everyday, value and valueless-ness.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN / NEW YORK
2011 / Softcover / 6.5 x 9.5 inches / 64 pp / 25 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-27-6 · Retail Price: $19.95

LABOUR AND WAIT

Julie Joyce (Ed.)

This compelling exhibition catalog features fifteen international artists who bring 21st-century urgency to 19th-century principles of virtue through work and craftsmanship: Tonico Lemos Auad, Andrea Bowers, Colin Darke, Wim Delvoye, Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, Fischli and Weiss, Tim Hawkinson, Josiah McElheny, Grayson Perry, Mika Rottenberg, Allison Smith, Ricky Swallow, David Thorpe and Jane Wilbraham. The title, adapted from Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life,” accompanies the exhibition, which highlights contemporary culture’s preoccupation with authenticity and the handcrafted. Texts explore the contradictions and connections between the handmade and recent explosion of technological advancements. Excellent essays by Glenn Adamson, V&A Museum; Britt Salvesen, LACMA; fiction writer William Gibson and exhibition curator Julie Joyce.

SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART, SANTA BARBARA
July 2013 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 x 10 3/4 inches / 160 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-0-89951-115-3 · Retail Price: $45.00

LACE: THE LIVING ARCHIVE

Selected Publications & Print Ephemera from the LACE Archives 1978 – 2008

From its founding in 1978, LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions – was a pivotal, artist-run organization committed to presenting the work of Southern California artists and highlighting bleeding-edge work. Both a treasure-trove and a grab-bag, this book reproduces a wealth of archival material from LACE’s first three decades. Flyers, postcards, memoirs, catalogs, posters, invitations: the editors have chosen an engrossing selection, including well-known names like Lita Albuquerque, Paul McCarthy, Red Grooms and Mike Kelley, and lesser-known but equally worthy artists. As Liz Kotz writes in her introduction, for a new generation of art historians, movements like Minimalism, Happenings and Conceptual Art are just names; the archive allows them to experience the history first-hand. And if you were around at the time, this book is as deeply satisfying as going through that box of stuff you have kept since college days.

LACE, LOS ANGELES
2011 / Hardcover / 8.75 x 11.5 inches / 108 pp / 179 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-937335-21-5 · Retail Price: $29.95

MICHAEL LANDY

Everything Must Go!

British artist Michael Landy has made a career out of “getting and spending,” whether he’s building something designed to self-destruct, or creating a “closing down sale” in an art gallery. This first major monograph of Landy’s 20-year career compiles extensive photos of exhibits, a scrapbook of press clippings, and reproductions of works on paper. Among other works, this survey discusses his infamous Break Down, where Landy destroyed all 7,227 of his (lovingly cataloged) possessions, and Semi-Detached, a full-scale model of his boyhood home. With over 800 color images, including an interview with the artist and essays by Richard Flood, Rochelle Steiner and Richard Stone. An artist with a refreshing, humorous – and profound – take on modern consumer culture.

RIDINGHOUSE, LONDON
2009 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches
432 pp / 800 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-18-0 · Retail Price: $75.00

MICHAEL LANDY

H2NY

Ridinghouse, London
2008 / Exhibition Catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 46 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-07-4 · Retail Price: $39.95

MICHAEL LANDY

Break Down Inventory

Ridinghouse, London
2001 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 512 pp w/ Chinese fold
ISBN: 978-0-9541710-1-8 · Retail Price: $39.95

Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie

Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art

Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr

Class inevitably raises awkward questions for the protagonists of contemporary art – about their backgrounds, patrons and ideological proclivities. Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie investigates this latent yet easily overlooked issue, which has been historically eclipsed by gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. This book creates a conversation on a sensitive subject, bringing together essays by art-world types including artists, curators and critics. On one hand, the ideas here raise the question of whether a given socio-economic background still helps define an artistic career – and to which point this career might reflect or consolidate the hierarchies in question. On the other hand, the project asks whether the traditional ways of analyzing class structure are actually helpful in an examination of who makes art today.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2010 / Softcover / 6 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches / 180 pp / 15 b&w and 95 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-88-7 · Retail Price: $24.95

Larger Than Life, Stranger Than Fiction

11. Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach

Much modern art is monumental, but the Kleinplastik Fellback Triennial is all about all things small, as this intriguing exhibition catalog proves. This is the eleventh version of the acclaimed show, which is celebrating its 30th year – it began in 1980. The catalog underlines the Triennial’s reputation for cutting-edge, risky art with an unusual international roster of 60 artists living and dead, including Charles & Ray Eames, Javier Téllez, Thomas Schütte, Marcel Dzama, Chen Zhen and Chu Yun. With sculptures, installations, video, film and puppetry, ranging from peep shows to walk-in rooms, the diverse forms in Larger than Life – Stranger than Fiction explore sexy, strange and sinister dimensions, all tiny – yet, in meaning, very, very large.

Snoeck, Germany
September 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches / 352 pp / 300 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-53-7 · Retail Price: $49.95